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KaysonBlogKayson is a beautiful, happy little fellow who was rescued from a Nebraska puppy mill by Hearts United for Animals.  He is only 9 years old, but due to poor breeding practices and neglect in the puppy mill, his time left to enjoy his freedom will likely be cut short.  He was SO HAPPY on the day he was rescued.  He immediately snuggled himself into the arms of a volunteer and gave us the biggest, happiest smile he could muster.  He was beaming!  At first glance he should have been one of the most adoptable of all the dogs rescued that day.  Kayson has never been made available for adoption though.  His health problems are too severe.  He lives in a foster home on the property at HUA.  He loves his life there, but each day is a struggle to keep him alive and happy.  Kayson lost nearly all of his teeth because they were rotten from years of neglect.  He came through the surgery well.  Then one day he completely lost use of all four legs.  He was rushed into the veterinarian's office where he spent many days and was thankfully able to recover.  While he was in the hospital it was discovered that his heart was very bad.  He was put on medication to try to prolong his life and try to get him well enough to have surgery for two suspicious growths.  He was able to have the surgery.  Not long after he got out of the hospital he began coughing uncontrollably.  It was found that his trachea was collapsed.  He spent two weeks on crate rest with heavy doses of cough medicine and has to have treatment added to his water to turn it to gel to help him swallow.  The cold weather made it worse, so he cannot go outside on very cold days.  The results of his biopsies are back and the growth on his side was cancerous and the margins were not clean.  Kayson is not strong enough to have surgery again at this time.  He is still battling back from his collapsed trachea problems.  His fur on the tumor site has been shaved and the spot will be monitored.  Through all of his battles he has remained happy, loving and the sweetest little fellow ever.  He knows that everything that can be done for him is being done.  When it is his time he will know he has been loved and will have appreciated every day that he was able to spend outside of a cage doing what he does best - spreading love and cheer.

Kayson's issues were not isolated.  Two of the other little tiny poms from this rescue mission who were bred for beauty and size rather than health also had major issues.  One sweet little fellow who was smaller than Kayson did not make it.  He passed away in an instant from a heart attack one day.  Another, Zelda, had a massive stroke shortly after she was rescued and permanently lost use of one leg that was left stiff and curled up.  It is a miracle that Kayson is still alive - a miracle that has been provided to him by the generous donations of the kind people who support Hearts United for Animals.  Kayson will get to enjoy at least one Christmas, and maybe more.  He and all of his human and canine friends are planning a party to celebrate their freedom on Christmas Day.

Kayson  and his pals are the cutest, cuddliest, sweetest little dogs, but they are far from healthy.  They are having their lives stolen twice.  First, the many years that they spent caged with no significant human interaction or veterinary care stole the majority of their lives while they churned out puppies to be sold to pet stores.  Second, once they were rescued their bodies were so damaged from poor genetics and poor care that the time they have left will be cut much shorter than it should be.  Because they are forgiving, adoring, loving little dogs they hold no grudges.  But we do.  We do it on their behalf.  We will fight for justice.  We will publicize their plight in order to help save future dogs from the same fate.  We will ask you to do the same.  Puppy mills are for the most part not illegal.  They should be, but they aren't.  We will fight for the worst ones to be shut down immediately and fight for better laws, but the bottom line is that if the public were educated not to purchase puppies from pet stores Kayson and his friends would not be suffering.  Without demand the suppliers would go out of business.  In honor of Kayson and the over 10,000 other dogs we have rescued from puppy mills, and in honor of those who still suffer, we have brought back our billboard campaign in Omaha.  It is urging people to adopt instead of shop this holiday season and bringing the reality of puppy mills and the consequences of buying pet store puppies to light in a large digital display seen by 80,000 people per day.

Donations to HUA are being doubled through December 31st.  Please consider a donation for the care of Kayson and his friends and to help us educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.  Your assistance in helping us to continue these life saving missions of mercy mean so much to the the dogs.

Please donate online at www.hua.org.  We will let Kayson know you are thinking about him.

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A1We wish to extend deep gratitude to all of our supporters who wrote to the Lancaster County Attorney regarding the Taj Mahal breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska.  Today your voices were heard.  Julia Hudson was sentenced to two years probation (the maximum) and during that time she will not be allowed to own, possess, reside with or raise any dogs.  She will be subject to searches of her premises, her person and her vehicle at any time.  She has also been ordered to pay restitution to Hearts United for Animals for the expenses associated with the care of the 19 Lancaster County Rock Stars whom we rescued from her facility in April.  In addition she will need to perform 120 hours of community service.

Ms Hudson's attorney began today by stating that Julia Hudson's dogs were simply livestock.  He stated that they are not here to be cuddled and pampered.  He said they are for profit, just like hens and hogs who urinate, defecate and eat in the same small cages that afford them no room to even turn around.  He said they are not pets and all she did was treat livestock like livestock, therefore she was baffled by the accusation that she had done anything wrong.  He also stated that he did not feel that Ms Hudson should have to pay restitution for medical expenses incurred by Hearts United in saving the dogs.  He said that if they were in bad shape they should have been euthanized in order to save money.  He stated that the demonstrators "just" had a moral objection and were too emotional.

The prosecuting attorney did a wonderful job.  He pointed out her longstanding pattern of uncorrected behavior, described her disgusting premises in detail, and listed each illness and injury found by the HUA veterinarian.  He then read an excerpt of a letter from a neighbor who had encountered some of the Hudson dogs.  He is a retired sheriff who stated that through all his years in law enforcement, having encountered many corpses, he had still never smelled anything as horrific as the Taj Mahal dogs.  He said that he saw Ms Hudson smack a dog so hard that he had to turn his head in disgust.  The prosecutor said that Ms Hudson's excuses were wearing thin and that she was clearly unwilling to learn a lesson and correct her actions.  He then asked for the stiffest possible sentence.

The judge began his remarks by telling Ms Hudson that what she had done was "no less than to create an animal Auschwitz."  He said that an individual has to be very insensitive to think that an animal cannot feel cold, hunger, pain or abandonment.  He pointed out that she offered no apology, no admission of wrongdoing.  He told her that she was a person driven by money and that it was clear that nothing else mattered to her.  While he could have imposed jail time or a fine that would not have kept her from owning animals, and he realized that would be the most beneficial sentence.  We applaud Judge Timothy Phillips as well as prosecutor Corey Rothrock for their fine efforts and good judgment in this case.

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A1We wish to extend deep gratitude to all of our supporters who wrote to the Lancaster County Attorney regarding the Taj Mahal breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska.  Today your voices were heard.  Julia Hudson was sentenced to two years probation (the maximum) and during that time she will not be allowed to own, possess, reside with or raise any dogs.  She will be subject to searches of her premises, her person and her vehicle at any time.  She has also been ordered to pay restitution to Hearts United for Animals for the expenses associated with the care of the 19 Lancaster County Rock Stars whom we rescued from her facility in April.  In addition she will need to perform 120 hours of community service.

Ms Hudson's attorney began today by stating that Julia Hudson's dogs were simply livestock.  He stated that they are not here to be cuddled and pampered.  He said they are for profit, just like hens and hogs who urinate, defecate and eat in the same small cages that afford them no room to even turn around.  He said they are not pets and all she did was treat livestock like livestock, therefore she was baffled by the accusation that she had done anything wrong.  He also stated that he did not feel that Ms Hudson should have to pay restitution for medical expenses incurred by Hearts United in saving the dogs.  He said that if they were in bad shape they should have been euthanized in order to save money.  He stated that the demonstrators "just" had a moral objection and were too emotional.

The prosecuting attorney did a wonderful job.  He pointed out her longstanding pattern of uncorrected behavior, described her disgusting premises in detail, and listed each illness and injury found by the HUA veterinarian.  He then read an excerpt of a letter from a neighbor who had encountered some of the Hudson dogs.  He is a retired sheriff who stated that through all his years in law enforcement, having encountered many corpses, he had still never smelled anything as horrific as the Taj Mahal dogs.  He said that he saw Ms Hudson smack a dog so hard that he had to turn his head in disgust.  The prosecutor said that Ms Hudson's excuses were wearing thin and that she was clearly unwilling to learn a lesson and correct her actions.  He then asked for the stiffest possible sentence.

The judge began his remarks by telling Ms Hudson that what she had done was "no less than to create an animal Auschwitz."  He said that an individual has to be very insensitive to think that an animal cannot feel cold, hunger, pain or abandonment.  He pointed out that she offered no apology, no admission of wrongdoing.  He told her that she was a person driven by money and that it was clear that nothing else mattered to her.  While he could have imposed jail time or a fine that would not have kept her from owning animals, and he realized that would be the most beneficial sentence.  We applaud Judge Timothy Phillips as well as prosecutor Corey Rothrock for their fine efforts and good judgment in this case.

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H1Julia Hudson, owner of "The Taj Mahal" breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska is being sentenced on November 15th, 2013 for cruelty and neglect of animals.  Hearts United for Animals rescued 19 dogs from her breeding facility in April of 2013.  We have already held one well-publicized demonstration to urge the judge to make Nebraska Statute 28-1019 part of her sentence.  This would mean that she would not be able to own any animal for five years.  We must continue to keep this in the public eye and not let her sentencing go under the radar, therefore we will hold another demonstration the day of the sentencing.  November 15th,  we will hold another demonstration in front of the Lancaster County Courthouse.  All individuals, shelters and rescue groups are invited to participate.  We would like to see as strong of a turnout as possible to send a message to the judge that this animal abuser should no longer be allowed to have animals. Nebraska Humane Society, the group responsible for putting 28-1019 on the books, will be joining us.  Please RSVP only if you plan to attend the event in person.  That way we can get an accurate count for signs needed.  You can RSVP on our Facebook Events pages or email lori@hua.org.

EVENT DETAILS – Demonstration & Attend Sentencing – November 15th 8:30 am to Noon (sentencing at approximately 10:30 am courtroom 22) - CLICK HERE TO RSVP on our Facebook Events Page, or email lori@hua.org.

We will be out in full force the morning of November 15th to demonstrate to the judge that we feel the harshest sentence available should be dispensed to Julia Hudson, owner of the Taj Mahal breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska. She was found guilty of animal neglect and cruelty in September.  It is important to continue to deliver our message that Nebraska Statute 28-1019 should be utilized in her sentencing.  This would mean she would not be allowed to own or possess animals for a period of five years.  Ms Hudson is the former owner/breeder of the 19 Lancaster County Rock Stars that Hearts United for Animals rescued on April 15th.  See below for more information and video on their condition and the conditions at the kennel.  The day of the sentencing is very important and we hope that all of our supporters as well as other animal shelters and rescues will attend in large numbers.  Please RSVP only if you plan to attend in person so that we can get an accurate count of signs needed.  Here are a few things to keep in mind for the demonstration:

1) Wear an HUA shirt (or shelter or rescue group of your choice) if you have one.
2) The demonstration will be peaceful - no profanity or threats to harm people or property.
3) Please stay on public property (the sidewalks) but step back onto the grass if people need to pass by. Allow room for pedestrians by making sure not to bunch up too closely with other protestors.
4) Media spokespersons for HUA are Lori Hook and Carol Wheeler. Feel free to give your personal opinion but please refer the media to Lori or Carol for official statements from HUA.
5) Please use the signs that HUA brings for you unless you have a sign approved in advance by Lori lori@hua.org.

More about Julia Hudson & the Taj Mahal:

Authorities had been battling with Ms Hudson for months over the filthy conditions at her facility and the condition of the dogs. While she agreed to surrender 19 of the dogs to Hearts United for Animals in April, that only represented half. The rest are still there, suffering, and it has been reported that she is back up to as many as 35 dogs total. Conditions cited included inadequate shelter, inadequate food and water supply, and inches of feces in the ramshackle little shanty that many of the dogs were housed in. The larger dogs, Standard Poodles, had no shelter at all.

Hearts United for Animals documented the conditions of the 19 dogs rescued from Ms Hudson’s property, taking over 500 photos and submitting an extensive written report to the district attorney and sheriff from the HUA veterinarian, Dr James Gigstad, who triaged the dogs on the day they arrived. Conditions noted included:
• Dogs shaved so brutally that they were burned and bleeding
• A deep open cut oozing infection on the inside of one of the dog’s legs
• Mats the size of golf balls causing one dog to be unable to walk well or see
• Nearly all were underweight
• Feet encrusted with filth from walking in feces in their small cages
• Nails overgrown and curling under
• Luxating patellas
• pH imbalances, likely due to not having been provided with enough water
• Skin infections
• Ear infections
• Eye infections
• Scores of teeth hanging on by a thread in their putrid, infected mouths
• Hernias from giving birth over and over
• Pyometra infections of the uterus
• A 6-month old puppy with a deformed leg, possibly caught in wires
• Lower jaws rotted completely away due to infection
• Upper jaws with holes rotted into the sinus cavities (fistulas)

Video of the actual Taj Mahal breeding kennel owned by Julia Hudson:



Video of the dogs rescued by Hearts United for Animals:

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H1Julia Hudson, owner of "The Taj Mahal" breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska is being sentenced on November 15th, 2013 for cruelty and neglect of animals.  Hearts United for Animals rescued 19 dogs from her breeding facility in April of 2013.  We have already held one well-publicized demonstration to urge the judge to make Nebraska Statute 28-1019 part of her sentence.  This would mean that she would not be able to own any animal for five years.  We must continue to keep this in the public eye and not let her sentencing go under the radar, therefore we will hold another demonstration the day of the sentencing.  November 15th,  we will hold another demonstration in front of the Lancaster County Courthouse.  All individuals, shelters and rescue groups are invited to participate.  We would like to see as strong of a turnout as possible to send a message to the judge that this animal abuser should no longer be allowed to have animals. Nebraska Humane Society, the group responsible for putting 28-1019 on the books, will be joining us.  Please RSVP only if you plan to attend the event in person.  That way we can get an accurate count for signs needed.  You can RSVP on our Facebook Events pages or email lori@hua.org.

EVENT DETAILS – Demonstration & Attend Sentencing – November 15th 8:30 am to Noon (sentencing at approximately 10:30 am courtroom 22) - CLICK HERE TO RSVP on our Facebook Events Page, or email lori@hua.org.

We will be out in full force the morning of November 15th to demonstrate to the judge that we feel the harshest sentence available should be dispensed to Julia Hudson, owner of the Taj Mahal breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska. She was found guilty of animal neglect and cruelty in September.  It is important to continue to deliver our message that Nebraska Statute 28-1019 should be utilized in her sentencing.  This would mean she would not be allowed to own or possess animals for a period of five years.  Ms Hudson is the former owner/breeder of the 19 Lancaster County Rock Stars that Hearts United for Animals rescued on April 15th.  See below for more information and video on their condition and the conditions at the kennel.  The day of the sentencing is very important and we hope that all of our supporters as well as other animal shelters and rescues will attend in large numbers.  Please RSVP only if you plan to attend in person so that we can get an accurate count of signs needed.  Here are a few things to keep in mind for the demonstration:

1) Wear an HUA shirt (or shelter or rescue group of your choice) if you have one.
2) The demonstration will be peaceful - no profanity or threats to harm people or property.
3) Please stay on public property (the sidewalks) but step back onto the grass if people need to pass by. Allow room for pedestrians by making sure not to bunch up too closely with other protestors.
4) Media spokespersons for HUA are Lori Hook and Carol Wheeler. Feel free to give your personal opinion but please refer the media to Lori or Carol for official statements from HUA.
5) Please use the signs that HUA brings for you unless you have a sign approved in advance by Lori lori@hua.org.

More about Julia Hudson & the Taj Mahal:

Authorities had been battling with Ms Hudson for months over the filthy conditions at her facility and the condition of the dogs. While she agreed to surrender 19 of the dogs to Hearts United for Animals in April, that only represented half. The rest are still there, suffering, and it has been reported that she is back up to as many as 35 dogs total. Conditions cited included inadequate shelter, inadequate food and water supply, and inches of feces in the ramshackle little shanty that many of the dogs were housed in. The larger dogs, Standard Poodles, had no shelter at all.

Hearts United for Animals documented the conditions of the 19 dogs rescued from Ms Hudson’s property, taking over 500 photos and submitting an extensive written report to the district attorney and sheriff from the HUA veterinarian, Dr James Gigstad, who triaged the dogs on the day they arrived. Conditions noted included:
• Dogs shaved so brutally that they were burned and bleeding
• A deep open cut oozing infection on the inside of one of the dog’s legs
• Mats the size of golf balls causing one dog to be unable to walk well or see
• Nearly all were underweight
• Feet encrusted with filth from walking in feces in their small cages
• Nails overgrown and curling under
• Luxating patellas
• pH imbalances, likely due to not having been provided with enough water
• Skin infections
• Ear infections
• Eye infections
• Scores of teeth hanging on by a thread in their putrid, infected mouths
• Hernias from giving birth over and over
• Pyometra infections of the uterus
• A 6-month old puppy with a deformed leg, possibly caught in wires
• Lower jaws rotted completely away due to infection
• Upper jaws with holes rotted into the sinus cavities (fistulas)

Video of the actual Taj Mahal breeding kennel owned by Julia Hudson:



Video of the dogs rescued by Hearts United for Animals:

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